The opening of the 119th IOC session begins in Guatemala

Other News Materials 4 July 2007 13:27 (UTC +04:00)

( Itar-Tass ) - The opening of the 119th IOC session has begun. Where will the 2014 Winter Olympic Games take place is one of the main items on the agenda. There are three finalists - the Russian candidate-city of Sochi, Austrian Salzburg and South Korean Pyeong Chang.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is present at the ceremony.

A source at the session's organizing committee told Itar-Tass that the president of the National Olympic Committee of Guatemala would deliver a ten-minute opening speech. The IOC President Jacques Rogge will also deliver a ten-minute address. A concert of Guatemalan folk groups will follow.

The opening ceremony is expected to be short and businesslike. The organizing committee source said it wouldn't last more than 30 minutes. A senior IOC official told Itar-Tass that the speech of Jacques Rogge wouldn' t contain any remarks about the candidate cities. However, the vote that will take place several hours after the opening ceremony will most likely be held in two rounds. The winning city is to gain from three to six votes more than the closest contender.